How to choose your exam subjects wisely for the future you want

The subjects you choose to study for your GCSEs or Nationals are the first stepping stones to your goals in life. Here's some advice from life coach Mark Anderson on how to pick the right subjects for you.

Life coach Mark Anderson gives advice on choosing your exam subjects.

So, if you’re feeling unsure about your options, remember these three clear steps to help you make the right choice:

1. Look ahead

Think about the job you might like to do, or the kind of work environment you eventually want to be in, as this could inform your option choices. For instance, if you know that you want to travel with your work, a modern foreign language could be your calling. If you have no idea what kind of job you'd like to do, don't worry! You won't be boxed in if you take a mix of subjects across a range of disciplines and keep your options open.

2. Give yourself enough time

This isn’t a decision to rush so, if you're feeling unsure, talk to teachers and older students. Research subjects and the potential jobs they lead to online, and feel prepared ahead of making your choices.

3. Do what’s best for you

Don’t just take a subject because your friends are taking the same one or if you like the teacher. Follow your talents and instincts to do what interests you.

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